The Planning Commission has proposed reducing the number of sectors to 14 in the government's Annual Development Programmes (ADP), in alignment with the Ministry of Finance.
According to the commission, since the ADP is comprised of 17 sectors, the allocation of ADP and revised ADP are not in line with the five-year plan, hampering the timely implementation of quality ADP.
"All the ministries, including the finance and planning ministries are involved in development activities. The Finance ministry works to create the budget. Therefore, the proposal to restructure the ADP sector is a reasonable one," said Planning Minister MA Mannan as the chief guest at a workshop titled "ADP Sector Restructuring".
The Planning Commission's Programming Division and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) jointly organised the workshop held in the capital on Thursday.
Jica representative Yuhu Hayakawa said government investment needs to be increased during the post-Covid-19 period. Management must be improved to ensure efficient project selection and quality implementation.
He suggested strengthening the intensive monitoring system and oversight in the implementation of the project. He also warned that Bangladesh is facing many challenges due to the pandemic and in the use of modern technology worldwide.
Member of the General Economics Division of Planning Commission, Dr Shamsul Alam said, "The government, the budget, the sectors, are all separate. We should get out of this situation. We are trying to consolidate the sectors through a five-year plan, which could, otherwise, result in confusion in economic management."
Md. Sayduzzaman, joint chief, Programming Division, presented the keynote address at the workshop, which was chaired by Planning Secretary Zainul Bari.
Sayduzzaman suggested reducing the ADP to 14 sub-sectors from its existing 17.
All the workshop speakers voted in favour of restructuring the ADP and suggested submitting the proposal to the National Economic Council for approval before next year's budget.
The planning secretary said, "We want to develop a consolidated structure to eliminate differences between the budget and ADP."